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Ray


A slight mishap but atleast I have a spare bow.  As I had just finished practicing I sat down to eat.  Quite literally a meatball rolled off the table and headed for the door to travel down my stairs to my apartment.  And it would have except my $800 Prell bow stoped the meatball in its tracks.  The bow saved the meatball from a worse fate but at the sacrifice of the hair.  Looks like it needs to be rehaired.  I'm telling this cautionary tale to all who will bend bend their ears to my woes.  :)))

Ray

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Posted: January 12, 2012

Ingeborg

Hello Beth,

Thank you very much for this new great rhythm project. My teacher considers playing in the right rhythm of utmost importance and priority number one. Since I have a tendency to pay attention mainly to intonation I have ordered the "A rhythm a week" book and am very much looking forward to start working with it using your lessons and audiofiles. File "2/4 or 2/2 meter 104 bps" is the only one that doesn't open. It shows text only.

Best wishes, Ingeborg

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Posted: January 13, 2012


So I took the plunge and purchased a set of Obligato strings for $69. I hope I notice a difference from my Dominants. I've read a few past discussions on here now and it sounds like it will be money well-spent.
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Posted: January 12, 2012

Ray


O.K. from the outset let me say this is a beginner to VL question.  The crocodile is chasing me with his ticking clock and it si time once again to renew my membership, however, I have forgotten how to do it.  I've tried to log out and fill out the spaces but it says that I can not use my user name (since I'm already using it).  Any help before the croc wants more than just my right hand?

Ray

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Posted: January 7, 2012



No question here today. Just a comment as a new member. I am quite excited to have a forum of adult violin players to share and commiserate with. What I have read on the community posts so far are both stimulating and motivating! In my experience it seems that only other adults who are trying to tackle this instrument understand what it takes both mentally and emotionally.
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Posted: January 11, 2012

Ray
Great idea. You could also use this idea in learning sections of a new song. I'm going to use this one for a few songs that I'm learning. Thanks. Ray

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Posted: January 11, 2012


Just took the tapes off my viola. Yay!
And I can still play a couple of scales without being miles out of tune. Marvellous. He looks much more grown up now without the red tapes that have been spoiling his good looks for the last two months.

;o)
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Posted: January 10, 2012

Eileen
I had an awesome week......lots going on but I'll stick to the music end of things for here  x-)

I've learned a little something about playing this past week.....

Had a chance to play together with all of the individuals of our worship teams at church.  There were 3 guitars, 1 set of drums, piano and vocalists.  With all of that noise happening I realized quickly that I was going to need to be very bold in my playing and so...I was, telling myself, "eh, go ahead...no one's going to hear you anyway"...haha.   I was wrong...but that's a good thing !

While playing with all I had in me and enjoying every minute of it....I discovered that...by rooting myself...and I'm not really sure how to explain this....but I think I sort of shifted my center of gravity down to my feet somehow....and also did something with my bow arm that I "really" can't explain but felt more weight(?) towards my elbow somehow....but anyway, whatever I did I realized it changed everything and my notes were ringing clear....my intonation was very good (for the most part) and everything was just ..wonderful !  I'm also amazed that I was even able to think about all of those things as I played...and make adjustments as we all went along....and pay attention to the music as well...puzzling..I give the Lord credit for that because it's never happened like that before...frankly. 

anyway...

At the end of the service we were all asked to come up and play a particular song...one which none of us had played before and didn't have the opportunity to practice...but why not....the congregation was warned...lol.   After that song was over the guitarist next to me (a trained musician) looked over at me and said...."You were incredibly awesome...that sounded fantastic".  That was the first time this individual ever complimented my playing. Honestly...she was as shocked as I was...

During all that "noise"....I did have a hard time hearing myself at times and I barely heard the pianist at all, but somehow...it all worked out and what an incredible uplifting experience that was ! 

Beth, can you explain what I was referring to as far as planting my feet ?  It sort of felt like all my weight was down  on the floor and it really gave me more control over all. I never felt that before but so glad I discovered it !  I remember seeing you playing in one of the videos of your group and you had that stance where I think you were doing the same thing, probably without even thinking about it.

I
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Posted: January 9, 2012


Hello everyone. Just signed up for a couple months. Very excited! This site seems very helpful and Beth's videos are amazing. Looking forward to watching many of them in the next couple months. I do take lessons and have for the past 12 years. I do plan to use Beth's teaching as well, though. I do have one question regarding violin strings. I have used Thomastik Dominant strings for the past few years. If anyone has another string brand that they feel are superior, please let me know. I am about ready for a new set of strings. Thanks!!
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Posted: January 10, 2012


I know this is probly a stupid question however what is the suzuki book? obviously ive missed something.

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Posted: January 7, 2012

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